Dancing in the Sun

I group of Cedar Waxwings were out just as the sun was setting. The birds would be hunting in the evening light for insects, and as the sun fell lower and lower, the birds moved to the one remaining spot of light. Constantly launching off of branches for their next catch, these birds were a joy to photograph.

Firing off hundreds of photos to get the perfect shot is necessary when the birds were being so unpredictable in their movements. Lining up the sun to get the proper backlighting and background was also very important. Too far out of frame and the image looked flat, too close to the frame as lens flare took over. It was all about balance and timing, as many things are.

Photographed in Barrie, Ontario.

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